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Meaning of DEPARTURE

Pronunciation:  di'pârchur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  act of departing
  2. [n]  euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
  3. [n]  a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"

DEPARTURE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: deviation, difference, divergence, exit, expiration, going, going, going away, leaving, loss, passing, release
 See Also: boarding, breaking away, death, decease, deed, despatch, disappearance, disappearing, discrepancy, dispatch, driftage, effort, embarkation, embarkment, exit, exploit, farewell, feat, flection, flexion, fluctuation, French leave, inflection, leave, leave-taking, parting, sailing, shipment, takeoff, variance, variant, variation, withdrawal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*par"ture\ (?; 135), n. [From {Depart}.]
1. Division; separation; putting away. [Obs.]

         No other remedy . . . but absolute departure.

2. Separation or removal from a place; the act or process of
   departing or going away.

         Departure from this happy place.      --Milton.

3. Removal from the present life; death; decease.

         The time of my departure is at hand.  --2 Tim. iv.

         His timely departure . . . barred him from the
         knowledge of his son's miseries.      --Sir P.

4. Deviation or abandonment, as from or of a rule or course
   of action, a plan, or a purpose.

         Any departure from a national standard. --Prescott.

5. (Law) The desertion by a party to any pleading of the
   ground taken by him in his last antecedent pleading, and
   the adoption of another. --Bouvier.

6. (Nav. & Surv.) The distance due east or west which a
   person or ship passes over in going along an oblique line.

Note: Since the meridians sensibly converge, the departure in
      navigation is not measured from the beginning nor from
      the end of the ship's course, but is regarded as the
      total easting or westing made by the ship or person as
      he travels over the course.

{To take a departure} (Nav. & Surv.), to ascertain, usually
   by taking bearings from a landmark, the position of a
   vessel at the beginning of a voyage as a point from which
   to begin her dead reckoning; as, the ship took her
   departure from Sandy Hook.

Syn: Death; demise; release. See {Death}.

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